By far, people have been arguing about the first Viking settlement in North America. One cool thing is that this place might have been the first settlement in North America as well. The story goes back to the 1000s. In 1978, this place, L’Anse aux Meadows, was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Currently, it is widely accepted as the pre-Columbian discovery of North America.
Connection with Leif Erikson
If you are a novice to the field, Leif Erikson was the son of Eric the Red whose was not only famous for his combat prowess but also his red hair. His father, Eric the Red, was the Viking voyager who discovered Greenland. It was also Eric the Red that named this area as Greeland. Following the footstep of the father, Leif Erikson became the first to set foot in North America. According to the Viking legends, Leif’s discovery was 500 years sooner than Columbus’s discovery. However, according to the scholars, the Vikings quickly abandoned the Meadows after a few years of settlement. But anyway, thanks to whatever happened in the past, we now have a Viking settlement to learn more about history and culture.
The original name that Leif named this place was Vinland. Legend had it that when he arrived in North America, this place was full of grape. So he called it “Vinland” or “Wineland”. In the times of his father, Eric the Red called the area he found “Greenland” to make people believe that the place was full of trees. But actually, Greenland at that time was cold and full of misty mountains.